An earlier on this site provided an interactive map of buildings in Shaw that had been designated as vacant or blighted by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) as of August 2011. This post provides an updated map, using DCRA data as of March 2012. The chart below shows the properties that have been added to or removed from the list between August 2011 and March 2012. The map is after the jump.
|Buildings Removed from the
August 2011 and March 2012)
|Buildings Added to the
August 2011 and March 2012)
|1223 4th Street, NW
1112 6th Street, NW
1132 6th Street, NW
1613 6th Street, NW
1513 8th Street, NW
1801 8th Street, NW
1110 9th Street, NW
1320 9th Street, NW
1544 9th Street, NW
624 L Street, NW
626 L Street, NW
632 L Street, NW
919 L Street, NW
929 L Street, NW
508 M Street, NW
422 N Street, NW
1244 New Jersey Avenue, NW
1629 New Jersey Avenue, NW
443 New York Avenue, NW
635 New York Avenue, NW
910 O Street, NW
607 P Street, NW
421 Q Street, NW
503 Q Street, NW
505 Q Street, NW
505 S Street, NW
|1808 6th Street, NW
1839 6th Street, NW
1900 8th Street, NW
1238 9th Street, NW
501 Florida Avenue, NW
531 Florida Avenue, NW
801 Florida Avenue, NW
418 M Street, NW
473 M Street, NW
1740 New Jersey Avenue, NW
306 P Street, NW
930 P Street, NW
712 Q Street, NW
313 R Street, NW
512 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
406 Richardson Place, NW
447 Ridge Street, NW
941 S Street, NW
Under District law, vacant buildings are taxed at a rate that is about 6 times higher than the rate for occupied residential buildings, and blighted buildings are taxed at a rate that is over 11 times higher than the rate for occupied residential buildings. Therefore, designation of a building as vacant or blighted creates a significant incentive for the owner to redevelop, rehabilitate, or sell the property.
Map of Blighted, Vacant, and Exempt Properties in the Shaw Area - March 2012 DataClick on a marker in the map below to view the property status (vacant, blighted, or exempt), the property address, the square and lot, and any relevant notes.
| Blighted building|
(DCRA March 2012 list)
| Vacant building|
(DCRA March 2012 list)
| Exempt building|
(DCRA March 2012 list)
p.s. If you know of a blighted or vacant building that is missing from the map, please add a comment to the post (and please also consider contacting DCRA at email@example.com to report the property).
Please note the following:
- The area covered by the map is between 10th Street, NW, and 3rd Street, NW (from west to east) and roughly between New York Avenue, NW, and Florida Avenue, NW (from south to north).
- The information shown for each building includes the address, square and lot, and status (blighted, vacant, exempt). The DCRA data does not include ownership information nor does it include the reason for a property's exemption.
- Vacant lots are not covered by the law, so they are not included on the map.
- The map includes vacant and blighted buildings on both sides of the boundary roads.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The questions and answers below are based largely on information from the DCRA website. The words and sentences in quotation marks are direct quotes from District law or the DCRA website.
What is a Vacant Building?
Generally, a vacant building is a building that is not “occupied continuously”. [D.C. Code § 42-3131.05(5)]
“In determining whether a building is vacant, DCRA must consider whether the building has:
- low or no utilities usage;
- an accumulation of mail;
- a lack of furniture or window coverings;
- open accessibility;
- deferred maintenance, including loose or falling gutters, severe paint chipping, or overgrown grass;
- been the subject of neighbor complaints about the property; and
- been boarded up.”
What is a Blighted Building?
A blighted building is a vacant building that has been determined by DCRA to be “unsafe, insanitary, or which is otherwise determined to threaten the health, safety, or general welfare of the community.”
“In determining whether a vacant building is blighted, DCRA inspectors may consider:
- Whether the building is the subject of a condemnation proceeding before the Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings;
- Whether the building is boarded up; and
- Whether the building violates several of the building maintenance standards, such as:
- Doors, windows and other openings are secured against unauthorized entry;
- The exterior walls are free of holes, graffiti, and loose or rotting materials, and any exposed metal or wood surfaces are protected against decay or rust; and
- Any balconies, metal awnings, stairways, fire escapes, exhaust ducts, and chimneys are anchored, structurally safe, in good condition, and protected against decay or rust.”
What Vacant and Blighted Buildings are Exemption from the Law?
The exemptions from the vacant/blighted property law are the following:
Active construction: “[A]ny building that is “under active construction or undergoing active rehabilitation, renovation, or repair” with a valid building permit that was issued or renewed within a year of the required registration date may claim an exemption … DCRA will grant a building permit exemption only if the property owner has obtained the permits required to “make the building fit for occupancy.” … Additionally, to grant the exemption, DCRA will require that construction be conducted on a regular, ongoing basis.”
Actively being offered for rent or sale: “[A]n exemption may be granted if a vacant building’s owner or agent has been “actively seeking in good faith” to rent or sell the building.”
Undue economic hardship: “[A]n exemption may be granted in extraordinary circumstances for substantial undue economic hardship. Such an exemption is issued only on a case-by-case basis….”
Probate: “[A] vacant building may qualify for an exemption if it is the subject of a probate proceeding or its title is in litigation.”
Development approval pending: “[An] exemption may be granted if the vacant building is the subject of a pending application for development approval before the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Zoning Commission, the Commission on Fine Arts, the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, or the National Capital Planning Commission.”
Note: For all of the exemptions, there is a generally a time limit on how long the exemption can last.
The following exemptions exist for government-owned property:
Federal government buildings: “[A] vacant building has a permanent exemption if it is owned by the federal government, a foreign government, or their instrumentalities. These vacant buildings neither need to be registered with DCRA, nor have to pay the registration fee.”
District government buildings: “[V]acant buildings owned by the District government or its instrumentalities must be registered, but are exempt from paying the registration fee. No federal, foreign, or District government-owned vacant building is subject to the higher property tax rates.”
What are the Vacant and Blighted Building Tax Rates?
• Vacant buildings are taxed at a rate of $5 per every $100 of assessed value.
• Blighted buildings are taxed at a rate of $10 per every $100 of assessed value.
Note: The tax rate for non-vacant/blighted residential property is $0.85 per every $100 of assessed value.